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New Philanthropist Steps Up to Support Balfour House Proposal

Respected Hamilton-area employer offers to financially back Cardus’s heritage restoration plan 


September 19, 2019

HAMILTON, ON – On the heels of Hamilton City Council’s decision to accept Cardus’s OpenBalfour proposal, a respected local employer has agreed to help finance the work of restoring and re-opening Balfour House. Almex Group, based in Stoney Creek, says it is joining other philanthropic partners in the OpenBalfour plan.

“Hamilton City Council sees the benefit of the Cardus plan for Balfour House and so do we,” said Tim Shaw, CEO of Almex. “We’re proud to be able to contribute to the preservation of Hamilton’s heritage and history in a way that takes the burden off the backs of city taxpayers.”

On September 18, Hamilton councillors voted overwhelmingly to direct city staff to negotiate a lease agreement with think tank Cardus for Balfour House. Cardus has offered to restore and re-open the historic property at no cost to the city, while using the restored building for office and retreat space. Cardus has also committed to facilitating public access to the restored property in keeping with the low traffic and low impact requirements of the surrounding neighbourhood. 

“I’m so grateful for Almex Group’s willingness to participate with us in this grand project for Hamilton,” said Michael Van Pelt, President and CEO of Cardus. “It’s encouraging to see the city’s good corporate citizens join our other partners in restoring and re-opening Balfour House.”

Almex Group is a Canadian corporation with eighteen strategic locations worldwide. It provides solutions for Android Tablets and instrumentation; dust suppression; the carpet and textile industry; tire repair; vulcanizers and presses for conveyor belt manufacturing and installation; and adhesives and consumables for conveyor belt splicing.  Almex joins three other local employers – Invizij Architects, Schilthuis Constrution, and lead philanthropist Budget Environmental – already cooperating with Cardus on the heritage restoration project. For more details, visit OpenBalfour.


Daniel Proussalidis
Cardus – Director of Communications
613-241-4500 x508